Open Access Research article

A survey of current and past Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellows regarding training

Miltiadis Douvoyiannis1, Nathan Litman1, Peter F Belamarich2 and David L Goldman1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, 3415 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467, USA

2 Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, 3415 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467, USA

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BMC Medical Education 2011, 11:72  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-72

Published: 26 September 2011

Abstract

Background

The objectives of this study were to characterize the satisfaction of Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellows with their training and to understand how opinions about training have changed over time.

Methods

Anonymous survey studies were conducted with questions designed to include areas related to the 6 ACGME core competencies. Surveys for current fellows were distributed by fellowship directors, while surveys for graduates were mailed to all individuals with Pediatric Infectious Diseases certification.

Results

Response rates for current fellows and graduates were 50% and 52%, respectively. Most fellows (98%) and graduates (92%) perceived their overall training favorably. Training in most clinical care areas was rated favorably, however both groups perceived relative deficiencies in several areas. Current fellows rated their training in other competency areas (e.g., systems-based practice, research, and ethics) more favorably when compared to past graduates. Recent graduates perceived their training more favorably in many of these areas compared to past graduates.

Conclusions

Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship training is well regarded by the majority of current and past trainees. Views of current fellows reflect improved satisfaction with training in a variety of competency areas. Persistent deficiencies in clinical training likely reflect active barriers to education. Additional study is warranted to validate perceived deficiencies and to establish consensus on the importance of these areas to infectious diseases training.

Keywords:
fellowship; training; infectious diseases; pediatrics; education